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List Rules Best songs recorded by The Beatles. No solo songs from Beatles members.

List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Between the years 1960 and 1970, the band recorded 12 studio albums and a few other scattered songs and recordings, across a diverse range of styles. The albums have all proved massively influential, particularly the band's later experiments with psychedelia, world music and conceptual long-form albums. Each member of the so-called Fab Four found later success as a solo artist (with McCartney and Starr continuing to record albums and sell out concerts to the present day), and their combined efforts are consistently ranked among the greatest rock music of all time.

Childhood friends McCartney and Lennon originally formed a band in the late '50s called The Quarrymen, and soon after brought in George Harrison as a guitarist. After playing in Hamburg, Germany, and rotating through a few other musicians, the group returned to the UK in 1962 and joined with drummer Ringo Starr (then of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.) By 1963, the group started releasing popular songs, including "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do." The phenomenon of "Beatlemania," typified by mobs of young girls screaming and rioting whenever the band appeared in public, took hold this same year. A trip to the US, highlighted by an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, is commonly associated with the increasingly popularity of British music in America, often called the "British Invasion."

More successful albums followed - including the soundtrack for the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night." In 1965, the band released the landmark "Rubber Soul," followed by "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." which added a good deal of complexity to the band's previously "bubblegum" pop sound. (The Beatles would later reveal that much of the change in their sound was due to their increasing experimentation with drugs like marijuana and LSD during this period.)

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The band's final two albums - "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" - were recorded during a period of intense strife and conflict between the band members. McCartney and Lennon were infamously feuding and difficult to work with, prompting Harrison to essentially quit the band and leave the studio. (He eventually returned and brought in keyboard player Billy Preston to hopefully change the dynamic in the studio.) In 1969, Lennon released the first solo song from a Beatles member - "Give Peace a Chance," credited to the "Plastic Ono Band." (It was a reference to Lennon's new wife, Yoko Ono.) In September of that year, Lennon announced his intention to leave the group to his fellow band members.
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Hey Jude is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
1, Past Masters, Volume Two

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1,738 422
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Rubber Soul

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1,641 705
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Revolver, The White Album

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1,839 725
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1,867 688
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The White Album

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1,687 825
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Help!, The White Album

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1,804 646
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,680 712
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Let It Be, The White Album

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1,607 603
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,412 596
Come Together is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Abbey Road, The White Album

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1,317 429
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Help!

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1,424 154
A Day in the Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Jabapac added Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,182 493
Penny Lane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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1,165 440
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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1,065 409
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1,027 341
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
cmjiggins added Rubber Soul

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1,068 386
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1,064 468
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Let It Be, The White Album

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919 422
All You Need Is Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album, Yellow Submarine

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1,153 416
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The White Album

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1,117 510
I Am the Walrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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819 413
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Let It Be, The White Album

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864 309
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Yesterday & Today

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840 357
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The White Album

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838 301
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627 190
I Saw Her Standing There is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Introducing… The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The White Album

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792 289
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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811 331
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Please Please Me, Introducing… The Beatles

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797 340
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album

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470 157
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813 326
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767 382
Hello Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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778 237
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766 254
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654 291
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Beatles for Sale, Beatles VI, The White Album

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686 370
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The White Album

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646 370
The Long and Winding Road is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Let It Be, The White Album

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687 307
Don’t Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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676 362
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The White Album

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637 250
Here, There and Everywhere is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Revolver, The White Album

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579 266
Back in the U.S.S.R. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
The White Album

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516 177
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gamedemon24 added Something New, The White Album

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491 192
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656 381
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The White Album

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476 202
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557 292
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Revolver, The White Album

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391 189
Drive My Car is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Beatles Songs
Rubber Soul, Yesterday & Today, The White Album

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643 325
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Abbey Road, The White Album

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425 252
Lady Madonna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Beatles Songs

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538 257
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Help!, Rubber Soul